Princess Mako's boyfriend returns to Japan

The boyfriend of Japan's Princess Mako has returned to Japan from the United States for the first time in more than three years.

Komuro Kei arrived at Narita Airport on Monday from New York, where he has been living since August 2018 to study law and become a lawyer in the state.

Komuro will self-isolate at his home in Yokohama City, near Tokyo, for 14 days as part of coronavirus precautions. He is expected to be reunited with the princess after the quarantine period ends.

The Imperial Household Agency has been preparing for their marriage which is likely to take place in October, and is expected to officially announce its plan soon.

Princess Mako is the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino. Komuro is her former college classmate. When a Japanese princess marries, she loses her Imperial status and becomes a commoner.

The couple will likely hold a news conference after they submit the registration of their marriage. Sources say that they plan to start their new life together in the United States.

In late 2017, shortly after the Imperial Household Agency announced that they were getting engaged, the media, including weekly magazines, began to report on financial trouble between Komuro's mother and her former fiance.

The man requested that she return about 36,000 dollars he had provided to cover part of her living expenses. There has reportedly been little progress in negotiations to settle the issue.

Princess Mako is eligible for a lump sum payment of up to nearly 1.4 million dollars upon her marriage.

But she has expressed her intention to decline the payment, and the agency is likely to heed her wish.